Amarillo Symphony

Amarillo Symphony Presents
2:45 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Bairos speaks Innovators this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents

Jacomo Rafael Bairos, musical director of the Amarillo Symphony.
Credit John Graham

Listen to a excerpt of Jacomo Rafael Bairos speaking on Beethoven and the Innovators theme.

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, hear the Symphony No. 7 of Ludwig van Beethoven and listen to a chat with Amarillo Symphony musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos as he draws the connection between Beethoven and Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

The performance of Beethoven's 7th is from the symphony's "Innovators" concert in September of 2013, the opening to the symphony's previous concert season.

Also hear a selection from the Symphony No. 5 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a performance from November of 2012.

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HPPR Programming
5:58 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amarillo Symphony returns to HPPR July 6

The Amarillo Symphony with musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.

A brand new season of performances from the Amarillo Symphony premieres on HPPR this Sunday.

The season begins Sunday, July 6 at noon with a performance of Velocity Festivals by Paul Dooley, a work commissioned for the opening to the symphony's 2013-14 concert season. Hear commentary from the Amarillo Symphony's 17th musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos, who began his debut season with the symphony with this performance. Also hear the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvořák.

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Classical Music
6:43 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Symphony to "step out of the box" for concert "Reimaginings"

The Project Trio

Listen to Adam interview Amarillo Symphony director Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

In what may be called the apex of the symphony's vision to rejuvenate the traditional symphonic experience, the Amarillo Symphony's "Reimaginings" this weekend presents a concert full of reconception.

Project Trio, comprised of a string bass, cello and flute, joins the symphony, adding an eclectic flavor of musical styles to the concert.

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In Studio
6:27 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Project Trio visits HPPR studio in advance of Amarillo Symphony appearance

Project Trio interview and performance on 02/20/2014.

Brooklyn-based Project Trio will be performing with the Amarillo Symphony this Friday and Saturday night at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

They stopped by HPPR studios on Thursday for a quick interview and performance. You can hear the interview and 2 performances above- the first piece is the trio's arrangement of Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus, and the second is one of their own compositions entitled Raga Raja.

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Amarillo Symphony
8:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Symphony's "Intimate Evening" includes "romantic wine in the classical barrel"


Listen to Adam interview guest orchestra conductor Yaniv Dinur.

Guest conductor Yaniv Dinur shares his thoughts on "Intimate Evening," the Amarillo Symphony's concert this weekend.

Soprano vocal soloist Sarah Jane McMahon joins the symphony for the concert this Friday and Saturday.

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Classical Music
5:17 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Interview with composer Adam Schoenberg

Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949, of Mark Rothko, an example of a piece by the artist which Adam Schoenberg used as inspiration for "Finding Rothko."

Listen to Adam interview Adam Schoenberg about "Finding Rothko."

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony performs "Finding Rothko," an orchestra work by composer Adam Schoenberg.  The relatively contemporary piece, written in 2006, will be performed next to works like Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the symphony's concert titled "Pictures in Music."

Adam Schoenberg joined me from his home in Los Angeles.  I asked him about the inspiration and process behind composing "Finding Rothko."

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8:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Harrington String Quartet Fundraiser Nearing Goal

Rossitza Jekova-Goza, Keith Redpath, Emmanuel Lopez and Vesselin Todorov perform at the end of the Harrington String Quartet's 2012-13 concert season.
Credit Sean Steffen/Amarillo Globe-News

A fundraising campaign to sustain the Harrington String Quartet after a major loss of funding has raised a majority of its goal.

Stringendo, a West Texas A&M University project established in April to support the Canyon, Tex. classical music quartet, has raised $25,000 of a $35,000 goal in under four months, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

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HPPR Programming
1:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Presents Returns August 4th

Tune in as highlights from some of the finest performances in our region return to HPPR.

The 2013 broadcast season of the Amarillo Symphony begins with an all-Brahms program, Sunday, August 4th at noon.  Hear the First Symphony of Johannes Brahms in C Minor, Opus 68 as performed October 19th and 20th, 2012 by the Amarillo Symphony.

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Classical Music
8:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Interview with Amarillo Symphony's New Conductor

Credit John Graham

The Amarillo Symphony last week announced Jacomo Rafael Bairos as its new musical director.  I sat down with the new conductor to ask him about his influences and his vision for the symphony.

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5:23 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Names New Music Director

Lead in text: 
Jacomo Rafael Bairos comes to Amarillo from Charlotte, N.C., and puts emphasis on making the symphony feel younger and more relevant.
Jacomo Rafael Bairos was announced as the 17th music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony on Monday, the culmination of a two-year-long process and nearly two months of secrecy.